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I had infected, painful toenails (three), I couldn’t even go for my walks any more. I let the nail grow to the top of the toe so it couldn’t get ingrown (no more short nails). By accident I put a used teabag of dandelion (flower) on the toe and it cured within three days. I have to keep doing the tea bag as it still pains ever so slightly, but it is only three days!


Using a dissection kit works fine. It has many useful tools and sharp things, but you have to be careful if you choose to use the scalpel.


A Dremel Engraving tool with a 7134 Diamond Point is ideal for removing deep ingrown toenails. Don’t use the rotary tool with this method. Use the Dremel Electric Engraver Tool or a similar engraving tool. The goal is to grind down the deep ingrown toenail with hardly any pain or blood. Maintain an angle of about 45 degrees as you work your way down from the tip of your toe back towards the root. The goal is to grind away the part of the nail that is deeply ingrown. Wear a dust mask. You may want ear plugs too. This is tedious. It will take more than one session. It may take hours just to do one deep ingrown toenail. Soak before using the Dremel tool. Do this over a period of days if the toenail is ingrown deeply. Get someone else to do this if possible because using a power tool on your own toenail is uncomfortable, tiring, and dangerous. Use other methods of sterilizing if necessary for fungal infection or other infection. Relief should start after you soak your feet once a section of the ingrown nail is removed. You may also use the side of the Dremel bit to shave down the nail if it is hard and uneven, but a buffing tool would be better for that. Do NOT poke into your skin or you may get a drop of blood. This is mostly painless, but it is a shock to have a lot of work done on your feet, so having someone else do it is better so you can just endure it. A week after removing the ingrown part of the nail you should see the deep gorge push up. Use the bit to shave back infected skin, but only the old, hard skin and nail fragments that may not have been removed earlier. A steady motion is safer than a fast motion. Try to be precise. Have good lighting and a fan to blow away the nail dust or wear a face mask. A podiatrist may suggest medications if you accidentally damage your nail or foot. Above all have extreme patience. Once you get the ingrown toenail out you will feel great relief. In most cases it is only the big toes that get severe ingrown conditions, but other toes may also become ingrown if they are infected or naturally tend to become ingrown. Use this method to grind out ingrown toenails and use other methods to keep this condition from returning.

Free and Painless!

I am speaking from experience. This worked great and didn’t hurt! Take a lemon and place it onto your toenail for a good bit of time. The citrus in the lemon will turn your skin into a flexible piece of jelly. Move the skin away from where the nail grew in, and trim the nail vertically. (The nail never grew in again. It has been over ten years.)


Try Dr.Scholl’s Ingrown toe nail treatment. Also I use a ingrown toenail lifter ( you can find it a beauty supply store). After 2 treatments ingrown nail was Easy lifted! Voila I promise it works!!


soak foot in very warm water with cream of tartar (potassium tartrate) for 10 minutes. then put on on irritated area for 30 minutes, then rinse. used by soldiers that had no antibiotics available.


I have an ingrown nail on my left middle toe right now and I just filed it down as much as I could, used my finger nails to try to lift up the nail a bit from the skin by digging under it a little, then put hydrogen peroxide on it. Did that about an hour ago and the pain is now almost completely gone. Hydrogen peroxide is key. Cleans out the infection and filing and gently digging under the nail will relieve some of the pressure from the nail growing pushing into the skin and will direct it to grow in a straighter direction.


Agreeing with a previous unnamed poster –

It dawned on me one day, that the old advice of cutting a notch in the end of the nail, made little sense – since the nail is an arch from start to end…the strategic way to weaken that arch, (and thereby relieve the pressure), is to thin about a 1/4 – 1/3 inch strip of the middle of the entire (hardened) nail, and this is most easily accomplished with a small file.

Taking care not to file all the way through…but rather about half way through the thickness of the nail.

This weakens the arch, and allows the edges of the nail to ‘lift’ (and relieve that downward pressure) much more easily, than trying to pry up the edges of a nail which is a stongly formed arch…usually after careful filing of the middle strip, no manual, mechanical lifting of the edges is even necessary – they are alleviated by the weakened arch of the nail itself.

File a narrow strip from just in front of where the nail begins – straight, all the way to the tip of the nail. Evenly removing approxiametely 1/2 the thickness of the nail.

If top of filed nail rubs inside footware, pad with small piece of gauze , etc.


To do this you have to have a high pain tolerance… and be over 21. I drink 5 shots of Whiskey, take 3 high strength OTC pain killers, then I dig it out with a razor blade. After that apply an antibiotic.


Soak it it hot water mixed with mustard.


to cure ingrown toe nail on big toe I soak in Epsom salts in warm water for 15 to 20 min. then take a good metal nail file and file down the top center of the toenail until it is thinner and you can feel a flat spot on the top of the nail. take care not to file too much just make it thinner. the ingrown part will lift out after walking awhile and will grow out normally. this worked for me with no pain, and lasted several years before I had to file the thick toenail down again.


When i was a cheerleader in high school, getting ingrown toe nails was the norm for us.. I had an ingrown toe nail for about 4 weeks and let it go since state was right around the corner. The monday after, i went to the doctor who removed it instantly in surgery and said that on a scale of 1-3 (3 being the worst) it was a HARD 3!!! i cant believe i ever get that bad (i have a HIGH tolerance for pain so the pain of the nail didn’t bother me).. After that recovery, i learned the proper way to keep them from forming in the first place. Every morning i just dig into my toe nails a little bit and make sure the nail is growing correctly- it isn’t painful since there is no ingrown. Also, if you love getting pedicures this is the way to go! when getting a pedicure, the nail technician will cut and fix the nail!! hope this works.


My wife found a toenail straightening spring clip on eBay about six months ago that clips on the nail. This clip lifts the edges of the nail and allows it to grow normally without digging into your skin. I had an ingrown nail on my big toe and it hurt just to look at it. My curved nail is now re-trained and basically grows out flat. Its easy to take on and off and you can bend the metal to the curve shape you need. I also tried the flexible carbon fiber kind of toenail brace like NailEase that you glue on top of the nail but it would not stay on. The metal clip rarely fell off and if it did I just found it inside my sock and put it back on after getting out of the shower. Just use it gradually and bend it as needed to increase the spring pressure as you go. I looked for years and tried several different solutions and it is nearly impossible to find this clip anywhere. This metal clip was simple to use and most important of all it worked. From now on when I clip my toes, I clip them in a straight line so that the ends of my toe nails extend beyond the skin on the side of the nail. No more Oragel, toothpicks, cotton and baindaids!

Richard Quigley

OK, zero cutting, zero prying at nail, zero pulling. I treated a well advanced, ingrown toenail very simply.

1. Tiger Balm – white if possible
2. Betadine solution for the home small yellow bottle ( if you can’t get this, just try washing in salt water)
3. A plaster

apply betadine first to the ingrown area, let it say until dry, around 2 mins. (or wash in luke warm salt water for 5 mins, and dry)

apply tiger balm until the area around in the ingrown bit is covered

just put a plaster around it

Do this morning after you wake up and at night before bed for 2 weeks and the nail with grow out.


I had this problem for my whole life, i fix it whit a little piece of plastic hoose like the one use on hospitals, I cut it by the middle and slided all the way back in to the nail edge, and use a bandage to hold it in place, takeing out every two days to clean up, I use a cream that kill the pain and the infection from fongus on toenail from the wallgreens pharmacy foot care department, took me several months but since I start doing this the pain and the ingrown nail dessapear, no surgery, no doctor only me, If need help let me know.


I’m a waitress.. and have found the Best treatment!! the issue here is that the nail must grow with the cutical if you cut and remove the cuticle to ease pressure and elive pain it doesn’t seem to heal. What I have found is to go and get a pedicure find a good one!!! they will have it fixed in no time.. and continue to go after it is healed you’ll only go maybe every 2 mos. Love yourself enough and don’t make excuses!! it only cost like $30. <3


I have been suffering bad ingrown toe nail and I caused a lot of damage trying to do the cutting etc. For me to relieve the pain and avoid as much infection as possible is soaking it in vinegar or Epson salt for 15 to 20 min. After soaking it gently push back the skin away from the nail and massage it. It will hurt for a little while but it does help. Put peroxide on it to help draw out the puss. Let it dry as much as possible. Elevate you foot as high as you can do it. It will help the infection and the pressure of the pain. The best best is to see a podiatrist if you can. He numbs it which is the worst part of it. After the numbness wears off you will feel much better.


I had an ingrown toenail – near the top of my big toe. The nail had been cut out and was growing back but it wanted to grow back into the nail bed. I used dental floss to gently pull the nail up and then slid a doubled over piece of surgical tape behind the toenail – sticky sides were turned in together – I didn’t want tape on the sensitive nail bed. I then taped over the nail to keep the surgical tape in place. I changed it every other day, washed the toe with warm water and soap, and within a week, the toe had healed and the nail was no longer ingrown. The dental floss was much easier to use than the toothpick and it didn’t hurt as much.


Soak the toe in Epsom salts dissolved in hot water for 20 minutes. Dry thoroughly and then rub with the cut side of a raw onion. Rub the onion juices into the painful areas for about 10 minutes. Wrap with a fresh basil leaf (secure with tape) and put a sock over it overnight. The pain will be gone in the morning and the nail will grow straight.


Okay, here’s what you do. I just did it & I already feel 99.9% better.

You’ll need the following…

– long toothpick
– paper towel
– anti bacterial hand sanitizer (alcohol-free natural)
– toenail clippers

Take the toothpick & push under the toenail until you can see under where the toenail is suppose to be. Put hand sanitizer under the toe to make it soft. Repeat. Then, put hand sanitizer on top of toenail a couple of times to make it soft & go back with toothpick & push under the toenail until you can see under where the toenail is suppose to be. Push toothpick as far as you can until the area where the ingrown toenail comes out of the skin. Then, take toenail clippers & clip the toenail & after put more hand sanitizer on. Then, after clean as desired…& put nelsporin on & a bandaid.


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